WATCH: As Russia invades Ukraine, Indian students stuck in Kyiv urge govt for safe return

New Delhi: Ukraine on Thursday woke up to the noise of explosions that occurred minutes after Russia announced a special military operation in Kyiv. Tension escalated in crisis-hit Ukraine, following which the country issued NOTAM (Notice to Air Mission) restricting all civilian flights. Now, this meant many Indian nationals, including students, can no longer move out of Kyiv till the services resume.

Scores of Indian students pursuing higher education – mostly studying medicine – in Ukrainian colleges are stuck in Kyiv and are in panic. They are pleading with Indian government to ensure their safe return.

Divyanshu Ghelot, student of Ivano Frankivsk National Medical University in Ukraine, who is also president of Indian students in the University, along with other students stranded in Kyiv are praying for help from Indian Government.

He talked about the problem and the threat the Indian students are facing after Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.

“Condition in Ukraine has worsened. There is no food available in the markets, ATMs are without cash. We request the Indian government to evacuate us at the earliest from here,” Divyanshu Ghelot said.

Another Indian student stranded in Ukraine said their flight to India got cancelled. “We urge the Indian government to evacuate us from Ukraine. We are very scared.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv issued an advisory urging Indians in Ukraine to “maintain calm, and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit.”

first published:Feb. 24, 2022, 11:23 p.m.

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